Parker Solar Probe Instigates on an Epic Journey to Touch the Sun

James Marshall
August 16, 2018

The company said Monday it evaluated the Parker Solar Probe's operation software to confirm the spacecraft's capacity to perform as intended and work under austere conditions when close to the sun. NASA's record-breaking spacecraft took off on the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The satellite is created to fly within six million kilometres of the Sun - closer than ever before. Once it reaches space, the craft needs to drop 53000 miles per hour of sideways motion to skim the sun's atmosphere.

To reach the center of our Solar System, the Parker Solar Probe will have to cancel out that speed and to accomplish it, Parker mission has to move in the direction opposite to Earth. The solar probe actually required a huge amount of power when it was launched.

The US plans to run the probe for seven years. The probe was launched in a second attempt today, and it is the fastest human-made object ever.

Since 2013, Engility has provided software assurance services to NASA for the Parker Solar Probe mission at the agency's IV&V facility in Fairmont, WV. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the mission is named for Dr. Eugene N. Parker, whose profound contributions pioneered the modern understanding of the Sun. This area is capable of reaching over 3 million degrees Fahrenheit.

Being the first-ever mission of NASA to "touch" the Sun, the Parker Solar mission is about the size of a small auto that will travel directly into the Sun's atmosphere.

One of the probe's scientific tasks is researching how solar wind accelerates and leaves the solar corona and enters space.

The project, with a $1.5 billion price tag, is the first major mission under NASA's Living With a Star programme.

The Science of the Sun Flying into the part of the Sun's atmosphere known as the corona for the first time and will employ four instrument suites created to study electric and magnetic fields, plasma, and energetic particles, as well as image the solar wind.

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